By Craig Stein
Broncos Cement Fifth Seed
With just under two weeks left in the regular season, we can finally write a playoff seed in stone, for at least one team.
BRONCOS WRAP UP FIFTH
Logan Schatz had his third straight three point game, and fourth straight multi-point game (1g-10a-11p) and the Humboldt Broncos scored three third period goals to come from behind and beat the La Ronge Ice Wolves 4-3. The Broncos will officially finish in fifth place, and start the Quarter-Finals on the road against either Melfort or Nipawin.
The Ice Wolves (10-42-0-3) led 3-0 after the first period on goals from Justin Bill, Zach Bannister and Nolan Doell.
Connor Lukan scored twice for the Broncos (33-17-3-2) while Nick Shumlanski and Tyler Smith also scored in the third period.
MUSTANGS STILL ALIVE IN SHERWOOD CHASE
Melfort won Saturday, but so did Nipawin, meaning the Hawks are another win or Melfort loss away from winning the Sherwood Division.
Hunter Arps made 21 saves for his second shutout this season, and the Mustangs blanked the Notre Dame Hounds 5-0.
Justin Ball had a hat trick, giving him 22 goals on the season. Reed Gunville (1g-1a) and Zach Anderson also scored for the Mustangs (37-12-4-1).
The Hounds (27-22-1-4) have dropped back to back games and are now in a tie for 7th with Kindersley.
HAWKS THAT MUCH CLOSER TO SHERWOOD TITLE
Nipawin’s 6-1 win over Flin Flon leaves them on the cusp of a Sherwood title. Brandan Arnold and Josh McDougall each had a goal and two assists to lead the way.
Michael Grant (1g-1a), Jake Tremblay (1g-1a), Brett Harasymuk and Jordan Simoneau also scored and Declan Hobbs made 24/25 saves.
Jordan McCausland scored for the Bombers (20-25-3-4). Flin Flon’s now just two points up on 10th place Melville.
KLIPPERS MOVING ON UP
The Kindersley Klippers beat the Yorkton Terriers for a second straight night, 6-3, and they jumped into a 7th place tie with Notre Dame. It was nearly a three way tie for 6th until Weyburn mounted a third period comeback and picked up a point in an overtime loss.
Curtis Peck led the way with a goal and two assists. Cameron Shorrock, Austin Nault, Cole Plotnikoff and Tanner Thompson all had a goal and an assist while Nikolas Malenica rounded out the scoring. Zach Johnson made 20/23 saves in the win for the Klippers (26-20-4-3).
Drew Coughlin, Cole Keenleyside and Josh Dobberthien replied for the Terriers (12-37-3-2).
WEYBURN INTO SOLE POSSESSION OF 6TH
While the Melville Millionaires were the winners, the Weyburn Red Wings picking up an extra time loss and a single point for the second straight night was a big story too, as they took over sole possession of 6th place overall.
Cory Schillo (1g-1a) scored in overtime and the Millionaries (21-29-1-2) won 3-2 (OT).
Clayton Eisler also had a goal and an assist and he’s now tied for the team lead in goals with 18. Shane Sherban also found the net and Colby Entz made 34/36 saves. Melville now sits two points back of Flin Flon for 9th overall.
Tyran Brown and Jordan Kazymyra scored and Arik Weersink made 28/31 saves for the Red Wings (27-22-5-1), who are a single point up on both Kindersley and Notre Dame for 6th place.
They’re also five points back of Estevan for the Viterra lead, and are down to three games remaining.